Joy of homecoming 🎈お帰りなさい
#Tokyo #Japan #portrait #東京 #ポートレート
This is my entry for #cfavoyagesaujapon @cfavoyages Many thanks to @superchinois801 for sharing the competition!
A year ago when I was in Tokyo, a dear friend whom I knew from the US returned home to Japan for a short visit. We were very fortunate to have the time to meet up, and we chose to celebrate her homecoming at a Japanese sweets cafe on the University of Tokyo campus called Kuriya Kashi Kurogi.
It was an absolute delight to catch up with her, talking about our families, the differences between the Japanese and American cultures, and language issues. The traditional Japanese sweets that were served to us were delicious, but having grown up in the US, I wouldn’t have understood their true value without my friend’s live review. She had grown up in Japan and assured me that such handcrafted desserts were incredibly rare and an absolute luxury. I am grateful to her for sharing an authentic Japanese experience with me. This is a portrait I took of her in that glorious moment in Tokyo one year ago.